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Recent changes
  • Immigration Regulations Annex 2. List of diplomats and officials who are exempt from the visa requirement, is updated. As of June 1 2019, holders of Laotian diplomatic passports are exempt from the visa requirement (with exceptions).

    Immigration Regulations Annex 15. Other Schengen country's foreign service missions with visa authority, is also updated. As of June 1 2019, Norway will be represented by Portugal at their foreign service missions in Luanda (Angola) and Maputo (Mozambique). These foreign service missions have the authority to both decide on visa applications and to issue visas.

  • Under chapter 2.2, Abuse in the marriage or cohabitation relationship - the Immigration Act section 53 first paragraph letter b), a clarification of the term "abuse" has been added. Also a new chapter 9, Notification to the child welfare service has been added. The changes are due to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security asking the Directorate of Immigration, the Directorate of Integration and Diversity, the Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, the Directorate of Health, the National Police Directorate and the Directorate for Education and training, to establish common routines for information and notification between public agencies in cases of negative social control, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

  • New recommendations from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from May 2019 update and supersede the march 2018 UNHCR Guidance Note. Based on reports and reliable information in the public domain about the situation in Venezuela, UNHCR considers that for a number of profiles, international protection considerations are likely to arise under the 1951 Convention depending on the circumstances of the individual case. In view of the current situation in Venezuela, UNHCR calls on States to ensure Venezuelan nationals, stateless persons or individuals who were habitually resident in Venezuela will not be deported, expelled, or in any other way forced to return to Venezuela in accordance with international refugee and human rights law.

  • Replaced by:  LAND-UNHCR-2019-04 UNHCR Position on returns to South-Sudan - Update II
  • New recommendations from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from April 2019 supersede and replace the April 2015 UNHCR Position on Returns to South Sudan – Update I. UNHCR reaffirms its April 2015 position, recommending States to suspend forcible returns of nationals or habitual residents of South Sudan to the country.

  • Replaced by:  LAND-UNHCR-2019-05 International Protection Considerations with Regard to People Fleeing the Republic of Iraq
  • Replaced by:  LAND-UNHCR-2019-05 International Protection Considerations with Regard to People Fleeing the Republic of Iraq
  • New recommendations from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regarding refugee protection, internal flight or relocation alternatives, exclusion considerations and forced returns for poeple fleeing the Republic of Iraq. This document supersedes the May 2012 UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Iraq and the November 2016 UNHCR Position on Returns to Iraq.

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Norwegian Directorate
of Immigration
Utlendingsdirektoratet
P.O. box 2098 Vika
NO-0125 Oslo
Norway

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